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St Clair glass doorstop sulphide pig and piglets signed paperweight
$700.00
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CRISTAL DALBRET PAPERWEIGHT HRH PRINCE CHARLES WALES SULPHIDE POILLERAT COA BOX
$56.72
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CRISTAL DALBRET PAPERWEIGHT JENNY LIND SULPHIDE POILLERAT COA ORIGINAL BOX
$56.72
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CRISTAL DALBRET PAPERWEIGHT A DAVID PARIS 1966 SULFIDE FRANCE CUT CRYSTAL
$54.00
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CRISTAL D ALBRET PAPERWEIGHT GEORGE WASHINGTON 1974 SULFIDE CUT CRYSTAL FRANCE
$54.00
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CRISTAL D ALBRET PAPERWEIGHT JOHN JAMES AUDUBON 1972 SULFIDE FRANCE CUT CRYSTAL
$54.00
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CRISTAL DALBRET PAPERWEIGHT DR ALBERT SCHWEITZER SULPHIDE CAMEO COA LE IN BOX
$56.72
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Vtg Cristal DALBRET France SULPHIDE Cameo Lg PAPERWEIGHT Apollo 11 Astronauts
$125.00
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Antique American Sulphide Paperweight Possibly NEGC
$49.99
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Rare Faceted Val St Lambret Red Flash Overlay Millefiori Sulphide Paperweight
$99.00
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fine vintage Joan of Arc blue sulphide paperweight signed baccarat
$35.00
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Vintage Red Black Sulfide Crawfish Lobster Blue Ground Art Glass Paperweight
$65.00
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JENNY LIND CRISTAL DALBRET PAPERWEIGHT SULPHIDE POILLERAT COA ORIGINAL BOX 39
$49.99
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Theodore Roosevelt Baccarat Collectible Paperweight Sulphide Albert David LE
$49.99
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Adlai E Stevenson Baccarat Paperweight Sulphide Albert David LE of only 350
$129.99
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PRINCE CHARLES CRISTAL DALBRET PAPERWEIGHT HRH WALES SULPHIDE POILLERAT COA 50
$49.99
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Chinese 1930s Period Solid Art Glass Cube Sulfide Birds Paperweight
$19.95
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Baccarat Franklin Mint Rousseau Thomas Jefferson Sulphide Cameo Paperweights
$59.99
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SIGNED PRESTIGE LAST BATCH 0413 GREEN YELLOWISH ROSE SULPHIDE PAPERWEIGHT
$975.00
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1973 MAUDE AND BOB STCLAIR CLOWN SULPHIDE PAPERWEIGHT
$325.00
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JOE ST CLAIR PINK ELEPHANT SULFIDE SULPHIDE PAPERWEIGHT
$299.00
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CLICHY Sulphide Paperweight Benjamin Franklin Circa 1850 French Antique Scarce
$99.00
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Baccarat Sulfide Faceted Window Paper Weight Pope Pius X11 1959
$29.99
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Baccarat King Louis XVI Benjamin Franklin Sulphide Bicentennial Paperw
$59.99
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1971 BOB ST CLAIR GLASS SULFIDE GENEVA IN COVERED BRIDGE PAPER WEIGHT
$19.99
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MAUDE AND BOB ST CLAIR 1978 FIGURAL OWL SULPHIDE PAPERWEIGHT
$84.00
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Joe Bob St Clair BIG Sulfide Sulphide Duck Goose Paperweight FUND
$150.00
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Bob St Clair Sulfide Sulphide Apple Worm Paperweight FUND
$100.00
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Bob St Clair BIG Elephant Sulphide Sulfide Paperweight Made in 1980 FUND
$125.00
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Baccarat Sulphide Paperweight Herbert Hoover Blue on White Overlay
$19.99
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Baccarat Sulphide Paperweight JFK John F Kennedy White Overlayw Cobalt
$31.00
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DAlbret Sulphide of John F and Jackie Kennedy JFK emerald green base
$9.99
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LG JOE ST CLAIR GLASS SULPHIDE SULFIDE WISE OLD OWL TOTEM BIRD PAPERWEIGHT GREEN
$59.95
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BACCART FRANCE PAPERWEIGHT A JACKSON CAMEO SULPHIDE GREEN
$34.99
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Baccarat Glass Paperweight Male Bust Figural Sulfide Made in France Blue Clear
$24.99
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JOE ST CLAIR BETSY ROSS BUBBLE CONTROLLED SULPHIDE PAPERWEIGHT
$275.00
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Baccarat 1971 Herbert Hover Sulphide Paperweight
$25.99
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JOE ST CLAIR KITTEN ON GREEN WHITE RIBBON SULPHIDE PAPERWEIGHT
$165.00
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MAUDE AND BOB ST CLAIR 1970 COBRA SNAKE SULPHIDE PAPERWEIGHT
$225.00
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Antique PAPERWEIGHT CARNOT President France 1887 94 Memorial Sulphide Medallion
$550.00
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SULPHIDE CAMEO PAPERWEIGHTS WASHINGTON LAFAYETTE FRANKLIN MINT
$79.50
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Baccarat Andrew Jackson Sulphide Paperweight Green Star Cut France Faceted
$46.74
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Vtg Cristal DAlbret Sulphide Flash Overlay FDR Franklin Roosevelt Paperweight
$69.30
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BACCARAT SULPHIDE PAPERWEIGHT FACETED WINDOW A DAVID 1968 ADLAI STEVENSON
$29.95
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Joe St Clair Glass Sulphide Perfume Bottle Paperweight Trumpet Flower Bubbles
$20.50
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JOE RICE 95 DECORATIVE CHRISTMAS TREE SULPHIDE PAPERWEIGHT
$225.00
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Cobalt Blue John F Kennedy Sulphide Glass Cameo Paperweight
$14.99
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MAUDE AND BOB ST CLAIR 1976 OWL SULPHIDE PAPERWEIGHT
$450.00
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JOE ST CLAIR PUBBLE CONTROLLED SWAN SULPHIDE PAPERWEIGHT
$450.00
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Adlai E Stevenson Baccarat Paperweight Sulphide Albert David LE of only 2250
$49.99
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BEAUTIFUL MASONIC PAPERWEIGHT BUTTON THERESA RARIG SULFIDE 3 4 INCH DIA
$45.00
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Vintage Glass Sulphide Paperweight
$15.00
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Vintage Glass Sulphide Paperweight
$15.00
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ST CLAIR KITTEN SULPHIDE PAPERWEIGHT
$175.00
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ROBERT L HAMON Sulphide Paperweight Marked H GEORGE WASHINGTON
$19.99
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5 FRENCH CRYSTAL FAMOUS AMERICAN LEADERS PAPERWEIGHTS Faceted Art Glass Sulphide
$89.00
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1976 Franklin Mint Baccarat French Crystal Sulphide Paperweight Joan Of Arc
$37.95
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Baccarat Crystal Sulphide Napolian Bonapart 1974 Paperweight Ruby Red Base
$19.99
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Vintage Joe St Clair Sulphide Owl Paperweight 35 Rare Unique Signed Come See
$149.99
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JOE ST CLAIR LARGE OWL BUBBLE CONTROLLED SULPHIDE PAPERWEIGHT
$575.00
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DAlbret Benjamin Franklin Sulphide Paperweight Crystal 1975 Star Base Cobalt
$67.99
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DAlbret Thomas Jefferson Sulphide Paperweight Crystal 1974 Star Base Cobalt
$67.99
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DAlbret Paperweight Mariner John Paul Jones 1975 Star Base Cobalt Sulphide
$36.79
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6 SULPHIDE PENGUIN MOTHER PAPERWEIGHT with 2 SULPHIDE BABIES
$37.00
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Joe St Clair Sulphide Paperweight Sea Gull Control Bubbles Stunning Signed
$74.99
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CHRISTIES MONACO PAPERWEIGHTS SULPHIDE Glass Meunier Barandiaran Coll Cat 2001
$74.95
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LARGE JOE ST CLAIR GLASS SULPHIDE SULFIDE KEWPIE HEART WINDOWED PAPERWEIGHT
$89.99
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Baccarat Paperweight Theodore Roosevelt President Sulfide Cameo Amber Faceted
$49.99
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Vintage ST CLAIR Tecumseh Indian Sulphide Glass Paperweight 1972 Numbered 25
$59.99
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Old Clichy Sulphide Paperweight Duke of Orlans son of King Louis Phillippe GL
$485.00
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Three Franklin Mint Baccarat sulfide cameo paperweights
$49.99
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Sulfide Paperweight with Hand Decorating Basket Lot 821
$50.00
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Baccarat Sulphide The Franklin Mint 1977 Peter The Great Green Paperweight
$30.00
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Baccarat Sulphide The Franklin Mint 1977 George Washington Blue Paperweight
$30.00
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Baccarat Sulphide The Franklin Mint 1976 Julius Caesar Purple Paperweight
$30.00
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Baccarat Sulphide B GP 1955 Red Brown Paperweight
$30.00
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1976 Franklin Mint DAlbret French Crystal Sulphide Paperweight Ben Franklin
$99.99
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Baccarat crystal Thomas Paine sulphide paperweight
$225.00
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Baccarat crystal Pope sulphide paperweight
$200.00
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Baccarat crystal Woodrow Wilson sulphide paperweight
$200.00
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Baccarat sulphide limited edition Herbert Hoover paperweight
$39.95
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St Clair Art Glass Frog Sulfide Paperweight
$125.00
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St Clair Art Glass Owl Sulfide Paperweight
$125.00
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1974 Franklin Mint DAlbret French Crystal Sulphide Paperweight Geo Washington
$99.99
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Baccarat Crystal Sulfide Cameo Paperweight Patrick Henry by sculpter Jean Goy
$35.00
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FRANKLIN MINT SULFIDE PAPERWEIGHTS ADMIRAL DE GRASSE AND JOHN PAUL JONES
$35.00
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Antique French Sulphide Paperweight Napoleon Caesar likely Clichy GL
$595.00
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Rare 19th Century Facet Cut Glass Paperweight w Sulfide Birds in Basket
$956.00
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Sulphide Paperweight

A Brief History of Baccarat Crystal

The term crystal, as applied to glass, dates back to the early 1300s in Murano Italy. Glass cutters there developed intricate glass cutting techniques which often gave the glass a "crystalline" shape, resembling a cut gemstone. When pertaining to cut glass, the term "crystal" is a misnomer. Glass is technically classified as an amorphous, inorganic solid that lacks a true crystalline structure.

The art and science of cutting glass continued to progress over the next few centuries, as various technological improvements enabled the glass cuts to become more intricate. In the 1700s, lead oxide was introduced into the smelting of glass which made the glass more workable and boosted its index of refraction, creating a more brilliant product. This effect was heightened when the glass was cut into facets at different angles, causing light to split into its constituent wavelengths, creating rainbows of colors that closely resemble a "crystalline" material. So as a matter of tradition as well as marketing, the term "crystal" has been retained by glass makers such as Waterford and Baccarat.

Baccarat Glass dates back to 1765 when the Bishop of Metz wanted to stimulate commerce in the little village of Baccarat, some 250 East of Paris. The Verrerie de Sainte Anne at Baccarat was created. It successfully manufactured all kinds of utility glassware and prospered for many years, surviving even the French Revolution and the Napoleonic wars.

In 1815, during the aftermath of the Napoleonic War, the French border reverted to its 1790 boundary line. The great French glassworks at Voneche in Northern France found itself outside the new French frontier in the newly created country of Belgium. The owner of Voneche, a Parisian named Aime-Gabriel D'Artigues, bought the Baccarat glassworks so that he could re-establish his business in France and continue to serve French customers without paying heavy import taxes. There is a story that he struck a deal with the King of France to reduce his import taxes from Voneche in return for setting up again in France.

The new company, Voneche-Baccarat, focused on high quality lead-crystal glass and over the past 180 years Baccarat has developed many new techniques in making the finest crystal glass. In 1822 D'Artigues sold the glassworks and the new owners set up the Compagnie des Cristalleries de Baccarat (keeping Voneche as part of the name until 1843). It soon became and remains today, the foremost glassworks in France. The company won medals at major exhibitions in Paris from 1823 onwards.

Baccarat is famous for its wonderful paperweights, its superb crystal glass tableware, for 19th century colored lead crystal glass and opaline ware, for beautiful decanters and bottles, and for superb lead crystal sculptures of animals and birds. The Bohemian/Venician technique of embedding millefiori canes (multi-colored glass mixtures) was taken over by Baccarat in the 1840s and their lead crystal glass paperweights with millefiori designs surpass anything produced in that period from Bohemia or Venice.

The technique of embedding cameo sulphides in paperweights was raised to a fine art by Baccarat in the early 19th century, and continues to be used today. The sulphides give the glass a distinctive rose colored tint. This technique creates eye catching results; as many people have never seen glass reflect light in such a way.

The town of Baccarat is clearly proud of its famous glasswork heritage, and its glass industry not only brings in tourists, but is the cornerstone of the local economy. Moreover, the Baccarat company is renown for creating great working conditions for its employees. All things considered, Baccarat Crystal lives up to its legend.

About the Author

This article was written by Dwayne Cassidy. Dwayne was shopping online for
Baccarat Crystal
when he became curious about the history of Baccarat and
Waterford Crystal
. Dwayne has researched the subject of European glass makers extensively and hopes others might share this interest. The YellowDoor.Com is a great place to whet your appetite for fine deals on the best glassware.

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